The artistic side of engineering

This I Believe. Rough.

Religion is a choice. It’s my choice. And I choose to not follow one. I’d rather believe in the tangential, the here and now. This lets  me enjoy what is going on all around me, right here, right now. My actions, words, reactions, and everything else that I choose to do affects my future. I don’t have a predetermined fate, every action I do changes the rest of my life. I’m not forced to zigzag along a specific path, I build my own bridge and hope that it leads me to where I want to go. I don’t see how someone could be all right with not believing they are completely in control of their life, it just seems…hopeless. And isn’t that exactly the opposite of the point of religion?

I wouldn’t consider myself atheist however either. Being atheist is to not believe in god. In my mind, this is like have two circles in a venn diagram that don’t overlap but they are still considered part of the same chart. But for me there is no circle with what I believe or don’t believe. I know about what’s in the bible and what my family believes, my two great uncles are even priests. So it’s not that I’m uneducated on the matter. My parents just chose to raise my sister and me with a different foundation. I was taught to be a good person because it is a much easier and happier lifestyle than being selfish and uncaring. I created my own morals, my own beliefs, and own motivation. I never needed the push of some invisible being in the sky judging me to do the right thing. I do it because I want to better myself and my life. My reward for these good deeds isn’t to get into heaven or be honored in the afterlife, if there even is one. My reward is a better me, and that’s all the motivation I need.

Just because I don’t believe doesn’t mean I don’t have a reason to do good. My reason comes from within, it’s not something I can explain word for word to anyone else, but I know that most people have it in them. Whether they choose to follow that or choose to do good because a god told them to, it doesn’t matter to me. I just hope that I can continue to build my own bridge without being told I’m going in the wrong direction.

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